Rollin' Like Sisyphus

A God By Any Other Name

Posted in No Time For That by Huckleberry on August 4, 2015
Row, row, row your wagon, gently down the trail...

Row, row, row your wagon, gently down the trail…

I’ve noticed a curious trend in The Sciences that has the so-called Hard Scientists delving ever deeper into a confabulation of impoverished imagination.
The same people who ardently and resolutely dismiss established religions and their texts as ridiculous fairy tales with no basis in fact seem fairly determined to concoct their own ridiculous fairy tales with no basis in fact:

Philosopher Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, describes a fake universe as a “richly detailed software simulation of people, including their historical predecessors, by a very technologically advanced civilization” … It’s like the movie “The Matrix,” Bostrom said, except that “instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation. It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains down to neurons and synapses” … The thought that this level of reality might not be ultimate reality can be unsettling, but not to Minsky: “Wouldn’t it be nice to know that we are part of a larger reality?”

Oh for fuck’s sake.
If you ever need evidence that “scientists” have hit the hard limits of that which can be currently probed, a brief examination into this 55-car-on-train pileup/derailment ought to underscore the current state of affairs perfectly for you.
Or as my grandmother would have said, “y’all need Jesus” and at this point I can’t refute that.

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  1. Doom said, on August 4, 2015 at 17:45

    He isn’t the first. Philosophy has tried that schtick several times, in various ways. It’s just that philosophers used to be the open band for science. Scientists didn’t believe that crap, just needed it to ease their mind when they realized science as we understand it doesn’t work. A distraction to allow them to continue working on what doesn’t work as if it did. Because, in their case, PHILOSOPHY! I guess, perhaps, you are right. When science skips the middle man and goes straight for the dope themselves, the gig is nearing an end.

    Then again, when scientific consensus believe a 90% reduction in the human population is good, I’m not absolutely sure it matters. They will eventually devise a way to do it. Even if it is only partially successful, it could be really bad. I still believe their belief in overpopulation is a projection about their own. They think everyone is as useless as they have come to be.

    That you have come to finally understand and abide the simple wisdom of a humble woman… You have learned more than most scientists can. I came from my own sort of dark side. So… I understand. *still stings when a woman can be so simply right!* :p

  2. El Borak said, on August 5, 2015 at 06:16

    a fake universe as a “richly detailed software simulation of people, including their historical predecessors, by a very technologically advanced civilization…

    And yet “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth” is considered nonsense of the highest order*.

    * mostly because “Thou shalt not commit adultery” is an inseparable part of the latter package, I suspect

    • Doom said, on August 5, 2015 at 07:00

      Hrm? Among the other nine direct commandments, and the ones before those… go forth, be fruitful and multiply the first of the old ones. Not fruity and add. :p Difficult to imagine that God would have had to suggest having sex and children, but look around. Crazy, really.

  3. El Borak said, on August 5, 2015 at 09:22

    “For myself, as no doubt for most of my friends, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. The supporters of this system claimed that it embodied the meaning – the Christian meaning, they insisted – of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and justifying ourselves in our erotic revolt: we would deny that the world had any meaning whatever.”
    — Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means

    It is no coincidence that the moderns’ imagined worlds — from the heartless, meaningless, mechanistic Universe to the hyper-evolved sky brethren who will save us from our nuclear foolishness and raise us into a federation of enlightened planets — never, ever require that you not bed your neighbor’s smokin’ hot daughter just because you can.

    • Huckleberry said, on August 5, 2015 at 15:02

      the heartless, meaningless, mechanistic Universe

      The funny part is where that cold, rational and empirical universe just wasn’t giving them the meaning that it was supposed to, darn it.


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